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Farmingdale 2012 Election Guide

Our introduction to the candidates, incumbents and issues facing voters in November.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Patch sites across the South of Nassau County are here to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

President Barack Obama: Elected in 2008 on a platform of change, this time around the president is going to have to draw from his experience at the country's helm for the past four years. Time will tell if the president visits this election, but if history is any indicator, we're sure to see .

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney (presumed): While the former Massachusetts governor still needs the nomination at the GOP convention in August, the race between the president and this New England Republican is all but set. Look for Romney to point to taxes and big government to pick up  votes. , but we expect he'll be back before Election Day.

U.S. Senate: U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is seeking a six-year term in Washington following her appointment by then Gov. David Paterson on Jan. 23, 2009. Gillibrand replaced Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was appointed Secretary of State by President Obama. Republicans running in a primary for the right to battle Gillibrand this November include U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Forest Hills, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and U.S litigation attorney Wendy E. Long.

2nd Congressional District: If re-elected, Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford will still represent Massapequa. Hew will  also represent all of Farmigdale. But drawn up as a result of the 2010 census, King will now represent the 2nd District instead of the third district. King is seeking his 10th term in the House, where he is chair of the Homeland Security Committee. King's opponent is Vivianne Falcone of West Islip. Little is known about Falcone, who did not immediately return a call from Patch.

6th State Senate District:

has been  in the New York State Senate since 1989. As an attorney and policy wonk, Hannon has chaired numerous task forces, civic programs, and charitable endeavors. He has served as chairman of the prestigious Senate committees on Health and Housing. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School, Boston College, and Fordham Law School. He and his wife, Bronwyn, reside in Garden City with their twin daughters, Alexandra and Madeleine.

His challenger is Ryan Cronin, D-Garden City, Also a Chaminade graduation, who was raised in the district and is an attorney. His platform is to reform Albany and pursue policies that will boost Long Island’s economy and create new jobs. He graduated from Chaminade High School and then from Loyola College in Maryland, where he studied political science and economics.

8th Senate District 

Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, is expected to be be running for his 8th term in the New York State Senate. He chairs the Senate Transportation committees and sponsored several anti-drunk driving laws including Leandra's Law. He also authored New York State's telemarketer Do Not Call Registry law and helped expand the Bioscience Center at Farmingdale State University.

His challenger is expected to once again be Carol Gordon, D-Massapequa,  who hasfor Fuschillo's seat. Gordon is a former mental health clinic manager and patient advocate at the Department of Veteran Affairs.

District 12 Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino

A lifetime Massapequa resident, former news anchor Saladino has represented the district since 2004. He began his work in government in the Town of Hempstead, eventually moving to his home turf in Town of Oyster Bay as director of operations. While in office, Saladino supported Megan's Law, as well as advocating environmental protection, and lowering taxes.  

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